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The SAFDE 2017 Annual Meeting and Workshop will be held on April 27-29, 2017 at the Duluth Police Department

We are very excited to announce this year's Workshop will be:

"Measuring the Frequency Occurrence in Handwriting and Hand Printing Characteristics"

This full-day workshop by SAFDE Member Tom Vastrick will be divided into 7 sections: 

History of Research and Study

Development of Study Methodologies Part 1

Development of Study Methodologies Part 2

Results and Interpretations

Sample Exercises Part 1

Sample Exercises Part 2

Potential for Misuse

Attendees will learn about past studies and comments regarding frequency occurrence in FDE.  Attendees will learn about how the study was developed so that they can address such matters in litigation.  Some of the areas covered will be population sampling, intrinsic and extrinsic effects on handwriting from a quantitative position, attribute agreement analysis and how this step helps the reliability of such studies and the frequency results. Attendees will have the opportunity to try hands on how the data was processed and can be extracted for use in casework. Attendees will be provided several Exercises from which to gain a groundwork of experience. We will collectively discuss ways the collected data can be used to include the potential use of the Product Rule in establishing overall probabilities.  Attendees will also learn how to calculate a frequency range that is in the 95% confidence area.  Then, and only then all attendees receive a big surprise present!!!

***Attendees will need to bring a laptop that has Microsoft Access and Excel programs and a calculator with square root capabilities***


Please click the link below to access the Registration form for the Meeting:

Meeting Registration Form


 Our Meeting Hotel will be the Marriott Residence Inn Atlanta NE/Duluth Sugarloaf
Please make your reservations with this link: SAFDE CONFERENCE 2017


Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 20, 2017


If you have any questions about the 2017 Annual Meeting, please contact any of our Volunteers on the Planning Committee:

Site Co-Chairs: Carl McClary & Joe Parker

Workshop Chair: Elaine Wooten

Program Chair: Karen Nobles
public safety building


SAFDE's 2016 Annual Meeting was a great success!!!

Thank you to Everyone that made it possible!


SAFDE 2016 Meeting Attendees outside the Duluth Police Department

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